Maucha Adnet & Helio Alves —
Milagre ... CD Zoho, 2013. New Copy ....
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Maucha sings and Helio plays – in a sweet set that makes for a wonderfully warm and stripped down batch of Brazilian vocals! The album's got a sound that's a bit different than the usual bossa outing – given Helio's rich touch on the piano, which isn't afraid to go for bolder notes at times – and given the freer runs that Adnet sometimes takes on vocals – not always, but sometimes with a force that reminds us that she's a great jazz singer on other material too. Maucha plays a bit of percussion on the record – but most of the sounds are just vocals and piano, on titles that include "Waters Of March", "Gabriela", "O Cantador", "April Child", "Canto Triste", "Tico Tico No Fuba", "Milagre", and "Vale Do Ribeira". CD
Drummer Duduka Da Fonseca is the leader here, but what impresses us most with the record is the album's great piano from David Feldman – a player with a fluid, soulful sound that really grabs us right away – a sense of scope and space that brings a subtle sort of majesty to the record, even if it's in different ways you might expect from the "samba jazz" title! Instead, Feldman holds sway on the keys with a commanding touch that's maybe post-McCoy Tyner, but which has some more intimate moments too – a quality that resonates wonderfully with the depth of Guti Wirtti's bass work – which is also quite a force in the record too. Duduka's drums round things out nicely, with a jagged feel that keeps the rhythms interesting – and titles include "Solito", "Zelao", "Isabella", "Alana", "Samblues", "Bad Relation", "Tete", and "Sonho De Maria". CD